I recently had a revelation. I am a video hoarder. In my family we shoot this, that and everything from ballet recitals to trick or treating, to Christmas present openings to our yearly visits to Disneyland. In years past, what have we done with all these precious moments caught on video? Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zero. We’ve just stored the unwatched videos not unlike a pile of old newspapers in the hallway or boxes full of zippers.
There are a couple reasons why; the quality of our circa 2004 camera is like so eight years ago, the viewing capabilities were inconvenient (our only viewing option seemed to be to transfer the video to a CD), and we very rarely watched or shared the magic we had captured. There was one trip to Disneyland that has been on regular rotation, but that’s probably just because we actually labeled the disc. What I’m getting at is that the chronicling of our daughter’s life was at a standstill and it was slightly out of focus. We were “old school” but not in a good way. But Sam, he changed all that. I guess now would be a good time to inform you that I opted to name our new Sony Handycam Sam. Why?
Because to me it’s a name that is solid, honest, strong, simple and reliable, I have yet to meet a Sam that I have not trusted. Plus Sam has a much better ring that “HDR-PJ260V.” I have to confess, I have a pretty big crush on Sam. He’s sleek, sensible and feels great in my hands. Bonus points, we’ve actually been watching and thoroughly enjoying the videos we’ve shot through Sam’s 30X Optical Lens. The images are crisp, clear, and Sam doesn’t have the shakes (he has a “Optical Steady Shot”). But the coolest thing about Sam? The instant gratification that he gives us. Sam has a built-in projector! At first I felt like I was living an episode of The Jetsons, “in the future you’ll be able to project your videos directly from your camcorder!” Apparently the future is now, and it’s pretty damn cool.
You just select projector and the video you JUST shot can be viewed on the nearest blank wall. This capability makes it so I’m not the only big Sam fan in the house. My daughter is in love too. She and her pals are very fond of putting on productions from “Zombie Princesses Hunt for Candy Mountain” to “Detective Cats Go Fishing.” These are plays that we, of course, must record and which she loves to watch…and watch NOW. The projection capability is an amazing way to relive the show immediately after it’s done, and it’s always met with fits of giggles and laughter.
But there is one draw back, the ease of use. Now, for me it’s great. But it’s so simple, with it’s touch screen buttons and easy functionality that my 6-year-old has absolutely no problem using it herself, in the role of director for the before mentioned plays. This makes mommy nervous. I love this camera so much that I don’t want anything to happen to it! But Sam is pretty sturdy, I think he can take it.
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Photos: Sunny Chanel
Also check out our Girl’s Guide to Disneyland: 9 Magical Memories to Make here.